"Old Joe" soldier on Gainesville Square

"Old Joe" soldier on Gainesville Square

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Gainesville, GA

#1 Mar 8, 2011
this sucks. there is no info about what the heck old joe is.

Decatur, GA

#2 Mar 8, 2011
Old Joe has been on the square since the late 19th century. The Daughters of the Confederacy raised the money for Joe. He is facing North, ready to defend against Northern invaders.
Ironically, Joe is modeled after a Union soldier from the Spanish-American war period. His kit bag has "US" on it and his rifle is a model made after the civil war. The only difference Joe has from other statues up North is the "CS" on his belt buckle. Say it ain't so, Joe! He is (mostly) a yankee!

Atlanta, GA

#3 Mar 9, 2011
anyday now, they will be removing these statues from courthouses and squares all over the south. Claining they are tributes to slavery and racial hatred..

Flowery Branch, GA

#4 Mar 12, 2011
And when they try I will be chained to it.

Duluth, GA

#5 Jan 9, 2012
I have artist's ink drawing for those interested.
Hoseas Ghost

Bethlehem, GA

#6 Jan 13, 2012
Old Joe was a slave owner, so he's got to go. He needs to be melted down, and recast as Kwanzaa ornaments. Payback for 400 years of oppression, and George Bush making Hurricane Katrina get us.

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